Shayna Sullivan ‘22
The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a toll on every single person. One small toll that Covid-19 has taken on relationships is limiting the amount of things couples can do together safely. Last spring, I published a very similar piece outlining a few fun spring break date ideas for couples with plans to do them with my own significant other, but unfortunately, in March, things took a turn for the worse. Many of the dates that I had suggested were suddenly impossible to do in a safe way, or the places were just simply not open to the public. Going on regular dates is something that can be vital to keeping a relationship alive, no matter how expensive they are.
Dating in Covid-19 is extremely hard and having an activity to do while getting to know a person can take some of the strain off of the first few dates. Dating has not only been made difficult for new couples, but also established couples have seen a struggle when it comes to the absence of date nights. Sitting with one person everyday, with nothing to do and no one to talk to becomes incredibly difficult especially with the stress and anxiety a global pandemic creates just by principle. These are some ideas for new couples and established couples to utilize now that the weather is getting a little warmer.
- Go for a scenic hike – Going for a hike is free, you can choose where you go, and you can also safely social distance from other people you encounter on the hike . Hiking is not for everyone, so an alternative could be just picking a nice area and going for a walk. This option is also a way to get exercise in without going to a gym during this scary time.
- Go on a bike ride – Many places have bike trails, you just have to know where to look. Again, bike rides are not for everyone, but this can be a really fun way to connect with a significant other in a new way.
- Have a picnic – Find a spot together in a field, or in a park, get some easy foods to eat, a blanket and a bottle of wine and set up a picnic together. It is so easy to social distance this way, and the best time to do this is in the spring, before it gets too hot and places become too crowded.
- Taste Test Different Wines – Something that you could do with your significant other (if you are of age) is going to the store and buy 3 or 4 types of wine and taste test them with different cheeses. Go outside and pretend that you are at a vineyard, and this can be an easy way to spend quality time with your partner.
- Go out and watch the sunrise or the sunset – This is something very easy and if you stay in your car, you will be sure to be socially distant from everyone else. Get some take out, find a spot where you can watch the sun go down (or come up), and have yourselves a date!
These dates may seem cheesy, but when not many things are safe, having a small date may be what every relationship needs to stay fun! One thing that is not good for any relationship is sitting in a house everyday, not going anywhere, or doing anything but watching new netflix shows. These ideas are cheap and they can make a seemingly boring day turn into something to look forward to!
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